The Golden Rule of Fitness


By Melanie Fensick.

Have you ever wondered what the best time of day to workout is? Do you know if it is bad to eat after 7pm? I bet you’ve come across these questions before. Maybe you’ve even asked them yourself. What is myth and what is fact? Read on to find out!

The gym world is full of “do”s and “do not”s. But in reality there are hardly any hard and fast rules about fitness. In fact one of the only rules in fitness, the golden golden rule, is: THERE ARE NO RULES.

Humans are very complex creatures. We are all unique. What works for one person may not work for another. Some people believe you should only workout in the morning. It gives the body the greatest chance to burn fat.

Well I’ve tried working out in the morning and my body hates it. It just doesn’t have the energy for morning workouts. My workouts tend to be in the evening. Yup when many people want to be home relaxing, I’m in the gym jumping around. That’s what works for me.

And that “rule” about not eating after 7pm? I do it all the time. I have to! Because of my schedule I tend to eat dinner early. So if I didn’t eat something at night, especially after a workout, I would wake up in the middle of the night distracted with hunger.

It is the same with diets. What is the best diet? There is no “best” diet. Just because a low carb/high protein diet helped your friend keep weight off doesn’t mean it’s the right diet for you. Your body may react different. It may have different nutritional needs.

The key with all of this is to try something and then listen to your body. How does it feel after? If you feel good, great. If not, tweak it and see what works better for you. The journey of fitness is about experimenting. It’s about finding the happiest version of YOU, not molding yourself into what someone else thinks YOU should be. Let your uniqueness shine!

Published on: October 26, 2017